The old photos posted yesterday of Compo Beach brought comments from “06880” readers who remember when the beach was rocky and rutted. At the same time, it was home to massive bathhouses, and a handsome pavilion.
Several comments referenced the 2-story pavilion, shown in one of yesterday’s photos. Today it’s a simple shaded area, popular with picnickers. In the early 20th century, it rose 2 stories. A hurricane — no one seems to remember when — demolished the structure. But the town saved the roof, which we still use today.
Alert “06880” reader Loretta Hallock sent along postcards, showing 2 other views of the scene:
Note the wooden ramp heading to the water (and the formal clothes that must have made for a miserable day at the beach).
Note too that the buildings obscured any view of the beach from behind it. Kind of makes the current controversy over perimeter parking seem minor-league.